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Google’s stuffed animals would control your appliances (and talk to your kids)

June 9, 2015 - 6:17pm

A patent filed by Google speculates that mechanical toys, whose embedded microphones would be constantly listening for spoken cues, could be installed in children's bedrooms.

Apple Music vs. Spotify. What's the difference?

June 9, 2015 - 4:46pm

Apple recently announced the June 30 launch of its new music streaming service, Apple Music. How does it differ from leading music streamer Spotify?

Supersonic NASA parachute torn to pieces in latest test

June 9, 2015 - 4:16pm
NASA scientists working toward putting people on Mars said Tuesday a supersonic parachute they are developing to slow a vehicle's approach to the Red Planet partially deployed in a test, but immediately ripped apart.

NASA to study supersonic parachute shredded in 'flying saucer' test

June 9, 2015 - 4:08pm
A supersonic parachute meant to slow a flying saucer during landing quickly failed during a test flight Monday - a second strike that the team had been hoping to avoid. Now, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope to pull more data from the craft to try and learn what happened -- and...

NASA to study supersonic parachute, shredded in 'flying saucer' test

June 9, 2015 - 4:08pm
A supersonic parachute meant to slow a flying saucer during landing quickly failed during a test flight Monday – a second strike that the team had been hoping to avoid. Now, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope to pull more data from the craft to try and learn what happened -- and...

Huge Supersonic Parachute Ripped to Shreds in NASA 'Flying Saucer' Test

June 9, 2015 - 2:19pm
The 100-foot-wide parachute unfurled well and apparently inflated fully, or nearly fully, Monday before being ruptured by the fast-rushing air during the second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.

Apple Challenges Spotify with Streaming Music Service

June 9, 2015 - 10:00am
Apple Music combines iTunes library with live radio and social media where artists can share new content with fans

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

NASA "Flying Saucer" Supersonic Parachute Fails Test [Video]

June 9, 2015 - 8:20am
NASA's huge supersonic parachute isn't ready to land astronauts on Mars just yet

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Apple Music brings change to streaming, but is it enough?

June 9, 2015 - 5:53am
When Apple launches its Apple Music streaming service at the end of June, it will affect things big and small in the music industry.

Somehow, Seattle musicians are still killing it

June 9, 2015 - 3:05am

There are few things more obnoxious than the declaration that your city’s music scene is just “the greatest” — but sorry, other cities, Seattle’s music scene is really great, and it’s a lot bigger than just grunge. We are, after all, no longer living in 1994.

And Seattle is definitely, for better or for worse, much changed from the city it was in 1994. So how does a musician actually “make it” here today? We talked to Bree McKenna and Eric Randall of Tacocat, the palindromic punk-pop stars of Seattle’s garage rock scene, about how they’ve seen that scene change over the course of their careers, what it’s like to be a band in such a rapidly transforming city, and how women are running shit on Seattle stages, both big and bar-sized, more than they ever have been before.

Filed under: Cities, Living

Apple makes product upgrades, pushes into streaming music

June 9, 2015 - 1:10am
Apple announced a major new foray into streaming music on Monday as it showed off a host of new software features for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

Apple to offer music-streaming service. Too late to the game?

June 8, 2015 - 11:01pm

Apple is expected to roll out a music-streaming service similar to Spotify and Pandora. Can Apple compete in such an crowded field?

Supersonic Parachute on NASA 'Flying Saucer' Apparently Fails in Test (Video)

June 8, 2015 - 5:06pm
The largest supersonic parachute ever built by NASA apparently tore apart during its 'flying saucer' test flight. The 100-foot-wide parachute only partially deployed during an ambitious test of Mars landing technology.

NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Parachute Shreds Again During Test Flight | Video

June 8, 2015 - 4:08pm
On June 8th, 2015, NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) vehicle successfully launched via balloon to ~120,000 feet and its rocket was fired. It reached speeds of up to Mach 4 before engines were shut down.

Apple aims to become online music powerhouse (Update 2)

June 8, 2015 - 1:37pm
Apple is making its play to shake up online music with a subscription service combining on-demand songs, streamed playlists and a social stage for musicians.

NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launches to Test Mars Landing Tech

June 8, 2015 - 11:55am
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle launched today (June 8) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT; 7:45 a.m. local time in Hawaii).

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder may share genetic roots with creativity

June 8, 2015 - 10:01am
Genes linked to creativity could increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to new research. Genetic risk scores were examined in a sample of 86,292 individuals from the general population of Iceland. Creative individuals were defined as those belonging to the national artistic societies of actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and writers.

As death rates drop, nonfatal diseases and injuries take a bigger toll on health globally

June 8, 2015 - 6:31am
People across the world are living longer but spending more time in ill health as rates of nonfatal diseases and injuries -- including diabetes and hearing loss -- decline more slowly than death rates, according to a new analysis of 301 diseases and injuries in 188 countries.

Eliminating terrestrial noise sources to improve the LIGO gravity wave detectors

June 8, 2015 - 6:00am
In their search for gravitational waves—stretches in space-time produced by dramatically violent events in the distant universe—researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have created some of the most sensitive detectors in the world. Unfortunately, these detectors also pick up on lots of other disturbances—for example, strong winds or the sounds of a passing truck. Students from the Data Visualization Summer Internship program—operated by faculty members from Caltech, JPL, and Art Center College of Design—were tasked with determining if a blip on the detector is a gravitational wave or instead just a signal from ordinary bumps and shakes.

Apple wants a lead role in streaming music

June 7, 2015 - 3:20pm
Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well underway, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.